As you know, Uber and Lyft are prevalent here in New York City, and though Uber and Lyft are usually reliable means of transportation, Uber and Lyft accidents happen frequently. If you’ve been hurt in one, you need an experienced New York City rideshare accident lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. to learn more about how our legal team can assist you.
New York City Rideshare Accident Lawyer | Helping Injured Passengers
Our legal team understands that in many ways, the laws surrounding Uber and Lyft accidents are confusing, especially when seeking financial compensation for an injury. That being said, you can have peace of mind with a New York City auto accident lawyer on your side who is more than familiar with Uber and Lyft’s liability coverage and car accidents in general. We are here to help.
Common Causes of Uber/Lyft Accidents in NYC
As you can imagine, though Uber and Lyft rides are generally uneventful, accidents can happen, usually due to negligence. Some of the most common types of auto negligence are as follows:
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Distracted driving, such as using a GPS or texting while behind the wheel
- Speeding to get passengers to their destinations on time
- Failure to look before merging/changing lanes
- Ignoring traffic lights, signs, or other rules of the road
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Facts Relevant to a Lawsuit Against Uber or Lyft
When someone is hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident due to a negligent Uber driver, they may receive compensation to make up for the injuries and related harms that the accident caused. Crucial to most personal injury cases against Uber or Lyft is whether the driver was on the driver-application at the time of the incident. In other words, if an Uber or Lyft driver crashes into you while you are in another vehicle, crossing the street, or riding your bicycle, it is crucial to determine through your attorney’s investigation whether the driver had an Uber or Lyft passenger with him/her, or was en route to pick-up a passenger.
Oftentimes, the Rideshare Company will not simply volunteer this information, and a lawyer with extensive experience in litigating lawsuits against Uber and Lyft is needed to flesh out the information despite defense lawyers’ and insurance companies’ efforts to conceal it.
Moreover, even if the driver was not on the Uber or Lyft application at the time of the accident, recent law handed down by New York’s appellate division in a lawsuit litigated by the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. provides that Uber and Lyft may still be legally responsible for an accident if the driver is not using the Rideshare application at the moment the accident occurs.
When an Uber or Lyft driver injures you, there are distinct legal and factual issues that must be figured out to ensure success and to hold the responsible driver and Rideshare Company accountable in court.
You must also ensure that you bring your claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Failure to meet the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations will result in you losing your right to sue. Our New York City rideshare accident lawyer is prepared to help you today.
Contact a New York City Uber Accident Lawyer
The bottom line is that if you’ve been wrongfully hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident, you should not hesitate to retain competent legal representation to fight for the compensation you need to heal. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. to schedule your free initial consultation with our legal team.